Tenet's new trailer released earlier this week, and in the style of Nolan, the footage leaves us with more questions than answers. To help clear up some of the mystery, the Warner Bros. official website has released a synopsis of the movie, which can be read below.
John David Washington is the new lead in Christopher Nolan's original sci-fi action show Beginning. Armed with a single word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the protagonist travels through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. It is not a journey through time. Investment. The international cast of "Tenet" also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
So the protagonist of the film is called … Protagonist? Unless the character, played by John David Washington, has been raised by terribly postmodern maverick parents, Nolan has made a deliberate decision to leave the main character on Tenet unnamed. If the filmmaker's past films are an indication, this means that the role of the protagonist could be played by several different characters in separate instances, or John David Washington's own character could sometimes switch sides as the plot unfolds.
The other interesting point is the reference to the central concept of the plot: the investment of time. Speculation had been rampant for some time now that Beginning it involves time travel, but both the synopsis and the trailer are careful to specify that the film is not about time travel.
Instead, the investment of time may be a reference to the concept of retrocausality found in science. It refers to the effect phenomena that occur before causation, which means that you see the result of an action before you actually perform the action.
We see something similar happen in the trailer, where bullet holes appear before a gun is fired, and the vehicles appear to be receding, leading to earlier theories of time travel. Therefore, it can be assumed that the film will involve characters capable of advancing a few minutes into the future, observing the negative effects of a particular course of action, and returning to the present to change the action for a more positive outcome.
Part of the fun of a Nolan movie is seeing mind-blowing concepts on the big screen, and Beginning It is being seen as a major test subject for Hollywood to assess whether the public is willing to return to theaters to watch movies. Therefore, the film is still on its way to a theatrical release on July 17. It remains to be seen whether it will be able to hit the date or whether it will be postponed or eventually sent to a digital release of PVOD.
For now, fans can enjoy watching the movie trailer to catch any clues or tracks that are lost. Or just enjoy the chemistry exhibited by the film's international cast, directed by John David Washinton and Robert Pattinson. This news comes directly from Warner Bros.